Sat, May 29, 2010 — 6:37 PM ET
BP said Saturday that its latest attempt to stop the gushing
oil well in the Gulf of Mexico was unsuccessful, and the
effort, known as a “top kill,” was being scrapped in favor of
yet another maneuver to stem the flow spreading into the
The announcement marked the latest setback in the attempt to
plug the spill that is polluting gulf waters at an estimated
rate of 12,000 to 19,000 barrels a day.
Doug Suttles, BP’s chief operating officer, said the next
step is called a “lower marine riser package cap” and
involves sawing off the riser and placing a device atop it to
capture the escaping oil. Equipment has already been deployed
on land and on the sea bed, he said.